Our Souls At Night by Kent Haruf

oursoulsA clear 5 stars from me. I read it in a day. Swallowed it up and then sat, staring into space when it was done. This is the story of two older people who are lonely, they live in a typical small town where everyone knows everyone else’s business. Addie is so lonely it gives her pain. If you are lonely and you know the man up the street is also lonely, and your greatest desire is to have someone to share your nights with, after all nights are the loneliest time, then isn’t it only right that you should get together to share those nights? So, Addie approaches Louis, who agrees tentatively, to come and spend the nights with her. They are nice people, they don’t want to be the talk of the town.

Then Addie’s grandson comes to stay and the three of them and the newly acquired dog begin a process of healing, growing together, building their relationships and becoming close. This is rudely interrupted by Addie’s son, the father of Jamie who judges them harshly and meanly. The small mindedness of people, their judgyness and their thrusting of what they think their elders need upon them is so awful and so well depicted in this book.

This gorgeous short novel which made my heart happy.


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